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Service in Schools Libguide: 2023-24 Programs

Service in School 2023-24

Service in Schools is excited to offer three professional learning and student programs for K-10 schools. The Kids Action Team, Students Taking Action Today, and Students Advocating For the Environment programs are designed to support teachers in leading students through a service-learning project to address a community need or local policy, in either a classroom or club setting. Each program will run from December 2023 through June 2024 and includes professional learning sessions (in-person), access to digital resources, connections with a community-based organizations, and personalized support from the Service in Schools team. Learn more below. Email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov with questions.

Kids Action Team

Kids Action Team
Grades K-3

Launch a service-learning project with your class or a club to lead your students through learning about a community need and completing a service-learning project. Learn more at spep.libguides.com/KAT.

Kids Action Team FAQ 2023-24

What is the Kids Action Team? 

The Kids Action Team program (KAT) is a weekly in class or club service-learning program for students in grades K-3. The program consists of 8 to 10 weekly sessions (highly recommended as part of a classroom curriculum) facilitated by the participating teacher to lead students through research, action, and reflection on one of the following service topics: animal welfare, ageism, and the environment. The program culminates with students presenting at the Celebration of Service culminating showcase in spring 2024

Who is eligible to participate in KAT?

The 2023-24 KAT program is open to teachers who have not previously participated in the KAT, Service-Learning Institute, Students Taking Action Today, or Race Against Waste programs and who are teaching students in grades K-3 during the 2023-24 school year.

What is required for the program application?

Interested teachers must complete the program application by 11:59pm on Monday, October 23. To ensure your application will be considered for the program, rank the three program topics—animal welfare, ageism, and the environmentas your first through fourth choice of service topic.

Finalists for the 2023-24 KAT program will be notified by email in early November and will be asked to confirm their principal's support of their participation with an email template provided by Service in Schools. The principal support email is required for acceptance into KAT. 

What is expected of teachers participating in KAT? 

Participating teachers are expected to hold 8 to 10 weekly in class or club sessions (highly recommended as part of classroom curriculum) with students from January to May 2024. Additionally, teachers are expected to participate in three full-day in-person professional learning sessions that will highlight promising practices for service-learning, resources and opportunities for engaging with experts and local organizations, and strategies for young students to take action in their community. Teachers will also schedule planning calls and a site visit with a member of the Service in Schools team to aid in the development of a service-learning student experience. Finally, participating teachers will be expected to guide students through the completion of a service-learning project and arrange for students' participation in the Celebration of Service culminating event in spring 2024

When are the professional learning sessions held? What will be covered?

  1. Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 9:00am-3:00pmIntro to Service-Learning and Partners in Youth Service (in person, midtown Manhattan)
  2. Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 9:00am-3:00pmText Sets and Media for Service-Learning (in person, midtown Manhattan)
  3. Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 3:30-4:30pmService-Learning Action/Advocacy Phase & Preparing for Student Presentations (in person, midtown Manhattan)

How can teachers implement KAT? 

The weekly KAT sessions should be held on a consistent schedule and in as consistent a format as is possible. If you have questions about how KAT could work with your school schedule, email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov with three times you are available for a call and a team member will connect with you. 

Can two teachers work together on the KAT program? 

While we encourage teachers to collaborate with colleagues and other stakeholders to enhance students' service-learning experience, KAT is designed for one teacher to lead weekly service-learning sessions with students and attend all program professional learning sessions.

What are the benefits of participating in KAT? 

For students, KAT offers the opportunity to help their community while gaining knowledge on a community need from a variety of media and expert sources. The structure and content of weekly sessions support social emotional learning and high levels of engagement. The Celebration of Service culminating showcase in the spring gives students the opportunity to showcase their learning and service efforts, as well as connect with students from other schools. 

For teachers, KAT offers a supportive learning community of service-minded educators, access to digital resources, expertise and additional resources from community-based organizations, and personalized support from Service in Schools. Participating teachers are eligible to earn up to 16.5 CTLE credit hours for participation in the professional learning sessions.

Students Taking Action Today

Students Taking Action Today
Grades 4-8

Lead your students through investigating a community issue and developing an action + advocacy service-learning project to address it. Learn more at spep.libguides.com/STAT.

Students Taking Action Today FAQ 2023-24

What is the Students Taking Action Today program? 

The Students Taking Action Today program (STAT) is a weekly youth service-learning program for students in grades 4-8. The program consists of 8 to 10 weekly sessions (highly recommended as part of a classroom curriculum) facilitated by the participating teacher to lead students through research, action, and reflection on one of the following service topics: animal welfare, disability rights, food insecurity and waste, and housing and homelessness. The program culminates with students presenting at the Celebration of Service culminating showcase in spring 2024

Who is eligible to participate in STAT?

The 2023-24 STAT program is open teachers who have not previously participated in the STAT, Kids Action Team, Service-Learning Institute, or Race Against Waste programs and who are teaching students in grades 4-8 during the 2023-24 school year.

What is required for the program application?

Interested teachers must complete the program application by 11:59pm on Monday, October 23. To ensure your application will be considered for the program, rank the four program topics—animal welfare, disability rights, food insecurity and waste, and housing and homelessness—as your first through fourth choice for service topic.

Finalists for the 2023-24 STAT program will be notified by email in early November and will be asked to confirm their principal's support of their participation with an email template provided by Service in Schools. The principal support email is required for acceptance into STAT. 

What is expected of teachers participating in STAT? 

Participating teachers are expected to hold 8 to 10 weekly sessions with students (highly recommended as part of classroom curriculum) from January through May 2024. Additionally, teachers are expected to participate in three full-day in-person professional learning sessions that will highlight promising practices for service-learning, resources and opportunities for engaging with experts and local organizations, and strategies for students to take action in their community. Teachers will also schedule planning calls and a school visit with a member of the Service in Schools team to aid in the development of a service-learning student experience. Finally, participating teachers will be expected to guide students through the completion of a service-learning project and arrange for students' participation in the Celebration of Service culminating showcase in spring 2024

When are the professional learning sessions held? What will be covered?

  1. Tuesday, December 19, 2023, 9:00am-3:00pmIntro to Service-Learning and Partners in Youth Service (in person, midtown Manhattan)
  2. Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 9:00am-3:00pmText Sets and Media for Service-Learning (in person, midtown Manhattan)
  3. Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 9:00am-4:30pmService-Learning Advocacy/Action Phase and Preparing for the Student Showcase (in person, midtown Manhattan)

How can teachers implement STAT?

The weekly STAT sessions should be held on a consistent schedule and in as consistent a format as is possible. If you have questions about how STAT could work with your school schedule, email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov with three times you are available for a call and a team member will connect with you. 

Can two teachers work together on STAT? 

While we encourage teachers to collaborate with colleagues and other stakeholders to enhance students' service-learning experience, STAT is designed for one teacher to lead weekly service-learning sessions for students and attend all program professional learning sessions.

What are the benefits of participating in the STAT program? 

For students, STAT offers the opportunity to help their community while gaining knowledge on an issue affecting their community from a variety of media and expert sources. The structure and content of weekly sessions support social emotional learning and high levels of engagement. The Celebration of Service culminating showcase in the spring gives students the opportunity to showcase their learning and service efforts, as well as connect with students from other schools. 

For teachers, STAT offers a supportive learning community of service-minded educators, access to digital resources, expertise and additional resources from community-based organizations, and personalized support from Service in Schools. Participating teachers are eligible to earn up to 16.5 CTLE credit hours for participation in the professional learning sessions.

Students Advocating For the Environment

Students Advocating For the Environment
Grades 6-10

Lead your students through researching policy related to an local environmental issue and developing an advocacy campaign to raise awareness and promote action. Learn more at spep.libguides.com/SAFE.

Students Advocating For the Environment FAQs 2023-24

What is the Students Advocating For the Environment program? 

The Student Advocating For the Environment program (SAFE) is a weekly service-learning and advocacy program for students in grades 6-10. The program consists of 8 to 10 weekly sessions (highly recommended as part of a classroom curriculum) facilitated by the participating teacher to lead students through an investigation of policy related to an environmental issue affecting their community, or NYC as a whole, and creating an advocacy campaign and/or making policy recommendations to raise awareness and promote action on one of the following topics: NYC water conservation, fabric waste, food waste, and NYC air quality. The program culminates with students presenting at the Celebration of Service culminating showcase in spring 2024

Who is eligible to participate in SAFE?

The 2023-24 Students Advocating For the Environment program is open teachers who have not previously participated in the Students Taking Action Today, Kids Action Team, Service-Learning Institute, or Race Against Waste programs and who are teaching students in grades 6-10 during the 2023-24 school year.  

What is required for the program application?

Interested teachers must complete the program application by 11:59pm on Monday, October 23. To ensure your application will be considered for the program, rank the four program topics—NYC water conservation, fabric waste, food waste, and NYC air qualityas your first through fourth choice of service topic.  

Finalists for the 2023-24 SAFE program will be notified by email in early November and will be asked to confirm their principal's support of their participation with an email template provided by Service in Schools. The principal support email is required for acceptance into SAFE. 

What is expected of teachers participating in SAFE?

Participating teachers are expected to hold 8 to 10 weekly sessions with students (highly recommended as part of classroom curriculum) from January through May 2024. Additionally, teachers are expected to participate in three full-day in-person professional learning sessions that will highlight promising practices for service-learning, resources and opportunities for engaging with experts and local organizations, and strategies for students to take action in their community. Teachers will also schedule planning calls and a school visit with a member of the Service in Schools team to aid in the development of a service-learning student experience. Finally, participating teachers will be expected to guide students through the completion of a service-learning project advocacy campaign and arrange for students' participation in the Celebration of Service culminating showcase in spring 2024

When are the professional learning sessions held? What will be covered?

  1. Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 9:00am-3:00pm - Intro to Service-Learning and Partners in Youth Service (in person, midtown Manhattan)
  2. Thursday, February 15, 2024, 9:00am-3:00pm - Text Sets and Media for Service-Learning (in person, midtown Manhattan)
  3. Thursday, March 21, 2024, 9:00-3:00pm - Service-Learning Advocacy/Action Phase and Preparing for the Student Showcase (in person, midtown Manhattan)

How can teachers implement SAFE?

The weekly SAFE sessions should be held on a consistent schedule and in as consistent a format as is possible. If you have questions about how SAFE could work with your school schedule, email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov with three times you are available for a call and a team member will connect with you. 

Can two teachers work together on SAFE? 

While we encourage teachers to collaborate with colleagues and other stakeholders to enhance students' service-learning experience, SAFE is designed for one teacher to lead weekly service-learning sessions for students and attend all program professional learning sessions.

What are the benefits of participating in the SAFE program? 

For students, SAFE offers the opportunity to help their community while gaining knowledge from a variety of media and expert sources about a NYC issue and specific policy that impacts how the issue is (or isn't) addressed. The structure and content of weekly sessions support social emotional learning and civic engagement. The Celebration of Service culminating showcase in spring 2024 gives students the opportunity to showcase their learning, service efforts, and advocacy campaign, as well as connect with students from other schools. 

For teachers, SAFE offers a supportive learning community of service-minded educators, access to digital resources, expertise and additional resources from community-based organizations, and personalized support from Service in Schools. Participating teachers are eligible to earn up to 16.5 CTLE credit hours for participation in the professional learning sessions.